A British man was murdered while sitting in his car in Pattaya on Tuesday. Police believe the killer was a hired gunman.
Nong Prue police called to the scene identified the victim as Tony Kenway, 39. He was shot dead while sitting in the driver’s seat of his red Porsche Cayenne GTS in the parking lot in front of Sanit Sports Club Co in Pong subdistrict of Bang Lamung district.
He was killed about 14:10 according to eyewitnesses. They said the killer was a chubby man wearing a white T-shirt and a black jacket; sports shoes and a cap that partly hid his face. He had been seen standing under a shelter in front of a fitness shop.
Mr Kenway had walked from the store to the car and was sitting in the driver’s seat when the gunman approached his car, yanked the door open and fired a single shot at his head. The gunman then ran to a waiting motorcycle, jumped on the back and he and the driver quickly sped away from the scene.
Police found a single spent cartridge case and a cigarette butt at the crime scene. These have been sent for forensic testing.
Mr Kenway’s 32-year-old wife, Somporn, who was not inside the car at the time of the murder, told police that her husband had set up a company doing website design at Jomtien Beach. He had a recent business conflict with one of the shareholders, but she did not know if this was the motive for the murder.
Police are examining footage from security cameras in the area and questioning witnesses. The victim’s body was sent to Bang Lamung Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
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